Three new sponsors will participate in the annual Southwest Crops Production Conference and Expo scheduled February 19 at the Lubbock Civic Center.

Along with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Tech University, the Texas Cooperative Extension Service, The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Southwest Farm Press, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, The Texas Corn Producers Board, The Texas Grain Sorghum Producers and The Texas Peanut Producers Board will sponsor the event.

“We are excited about our new sponsors,” says Ron Smith, editor of Southwest Farm Press. “We believe the additions represent the diversity of agriculture in the Texas High Plains. And these associations are strong advocates for the farmers in this area.”

This year's agenda will include crop outlooks for cotton, peanuts, grain sorghum and corn.

“We'll also have a Washington update,” Smith says, “to give us an idea of what legislative issues farmers can expect for 2004.”

Crop specialists and researchers from both Texas A&M and Texas Tech will present production recommendations for 2004 and updates on research programs.

Randy Boman, Extension cotton specialist, and Norm Hopper, Texas Tech, will discuss cottonseed quality, importance and measurement.

Jay Yates, Extension economist, will discuss the role of crop production technologies in managing risk.

Nathan Smith, from the University of Georgia, will explain the complexities of marketing peanuts under the new farm program.

Other topics include:

Irrigation management technologies, Jim Bordovsky

Legislative updates

Panel discussion. Cotton variety selection, Roy Cantrell, Cotton Incorporated, moderator

Winter Small Grains Forage Management, Calvin Trostle

Weed control in peanuts and an update on Liberty-tolerant cotton, Peter Dotray

Coping with the changing cotton insect landscape, Jim Leser

Laws and Regulations, TDA

Participants also get an opportunity to visit with the areas top agricultural equipment, seed, chemical and farm supply companies who will exhibit their latest products and services at the Expo.

As many as five continuing education units will be awarded. Registration is free and a catered lunch will be available for a nominal charge. Pre registration is encouraged.

For more information, please contact any of the sponsors or Southwest Farm Press at (940) 535-1484 or (662) 627-8503 or e-mail at rsmith@primediabusiness.com.